The word Diwali came, ever wondered? The festival of lights gets its name from the row (avail) of clay lamps (Deepa) that the Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness.
“All the lights of the world cannot be compared to the beauty of the enlightened inner soul. May the happiness and prosperity remain. Happy Diwali”
We all celebrate the festival of lights with great enthusiasm and joy. Marking the end of the harvest season, this festival occurs on a no-moon night, which is Amavasya. The five-day-long festival starts with the auspicious Dhanteres and ends with Bhai Dooj.
The significance of Diwali! Why it is celebrated?
As per Hindu mythology, Diwali which falls on the fifteenth day of the month of Kartik as per the lunar calendar is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil, after Krishna’s victory over Narakasura, which is why it is also remembered as Naraka Chaturdasi. To this Krishna declared the day of festivities.
Well, we all in our childhood have listened to stories. But do you know the story behind Diwali? To start with on the auspicious day of Diwali, Lord Rama along with Devi Sita and brother Laxmana have returned to their homeland after 14 years of exile in the forest, after the defeat of the evil, Ravana. The whole Ayodhya was so happy with their return that they lit the whole ambiance with diyas. It is very interesting to note that the tradition which started decades back and is continuing with full enthusiasm and spirit.
In other parts, Goddess Lakshmi is also worshipped as a symbol of prosperity, wealth, and goodwill. The puja of goddess Lakshmi is also considered to be very much important and auspicious. Thus the festival illuminates our inner self with clarity and positivity. People exchange gifts and sweets with each other as a sign of positivity and happiness.
The celebration of Kali Puja in Diwali: Its History
In many parts of India, on the auspicious day of Diwali, Goddess Kali- the incarnation of Shakti or Durga herself is worshipped. For a very long period since ancient history, Kali puja was practically unknown before the 16th century. The very auspicious Kali puja came to be known and became popular among people in the 19th century when the great saint Shri Ramkrishna became popular among the Bengalis, who was a great devotee of Kali.
Diwali 2021: Muhrat and timing:
The Muhrat of Choti Diwali or Narak Chaturdasi begins from 3rd November 2021, Wednesday from 09:02 AM onwards.
This year Diwali 2021 falls on the 4th of November, Thursday. The auspicious time of Lakshmi puja will begin from 6:09 pm and will end at 8:04 pm as per the Drik Panchang.
The Amavasya tithi and the timing for the auspicious Kali puja will begin from 6:03 am on 4th November and will end at 2:44 am on 5th November 2021.
The Pradosh Kaal will begin from 5:34 pm to 8:10 pm while the Vrishabha Kaal will start from 6:09 pm to 8:04 pm. While the timing will and may vary as per the geographical location and on which state the person is belonging from.
The decoration which brings joy for everyone:
The decoration in our own home, in our locality, and the overall surrounding is what enhances every mood and spirit and brings the vibes of festivities and laughter. It is very soothing to our eyes, soul. The sweets, delicacies, the family time, are all that we crave for Diwali. The lighting of earthen lamps and bringing the positive spirit enchants all of us with good vibes and calm.
The festival of lights is celebrated with great enthusiasm but while celebrating don’t forget about the animals and burn crackers with utmost care. If possible go green and save the ecosystem and enlighten everyone’s heart with positivity and tranquility. Have a happy, prosperous, and very safe Diwali.